Architecture Department receives prestigious Glenn Murcutt Folio

The Department of Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning (DASP) received the prestigious Glen Murcutt Folio from the Architecture Foundation Australia. Receiving the gift enhances the Department’s efforts to become the first choice in architectural studies in the SADC region.

The Folio, published by 01 Editions, is a collection of internationally renowned architect Glenn Murcutt’s work. Arguably the most valuable part of this box-set publication is the reproduction of over seventy of Glenn Murcutt’s drawings in their original sizes.The drawings will be used as a resource by students in the Department’s design studio.

Murcutt refers to the creative process as being a path of discovery, saying “The central design issues of architecture are of humans and their history, culture, space, light, how things are put together, and our responsibility to the land. Good design involves an understanding of these issues and pursuing the questions they raise until you make appropriate discoveries. Architecture is a path of discovery.”

Sophia van Greunen, a lecturer in the Department, stated that “Murcutt’s work is so apt that it reveals itself through smaller instances, just like his buildings.” The Architecture Foundation Australia hosts a two-week residential Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class in each year and the Folio is given to a participant of the class who has close association to a school of architecture in a developing nation.

This year, Namibia was selected and Ms van Greunen received the Folio, together with Mwamba Mwanakatwe, a local architect. Both successfully completed the Master Class.

Furthermore, a contributing factor to NUST receiving the gift was the previous participation of other renowned architects from Namibia, namely, Wim Steenkamp and Gloria Kamau.

Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor congratulated the DASP and said that this is a marvellous achievement despite the Institution having limited resources. Previous recipients of the Folio include schools of architecture in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Jamaica, Slovenia and Sri Lanka.

Date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017
for Month: 
October, 2017

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